Jon King

Jon King

Jon King has been a journalist for more than 35 years. He is the Past President of the Michigan Associated Press Media Editors Association and has been recognized for excellence numerous times, most recently in 2021 with the Best Investigative Story by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters. He is also an adjunct faculty member at Cleary University. Jon and his family live in Howell, where he also serves on the Board of Directors for the Livingston Diversity Council.

MIGOP meeting melee prompts further questions about Karamo’s leadership and party’s finances

By: - July 10, 2023

The leadership, direction and finances of the Michigan Republican Party are being questioned following a physical melee that broke out at a state committee meeting over the weekend.  Saturday’s special gathering at the Doherty Hotel in Clare came amid public questioning of the leadership of new Chair Kristina Karamo, specifically how party funds were being […]

MPSC orders investigation into Consumers Energy 4G meter discrepancies 

By: - July 10, 2023

Following “persistent” complaints about malfunctioning natural gas meters, potential overbilling, and delays in new service installations, the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) announced on Friday it was launching an investigation into Consumers Energy Co. In a release, the MPSC said it had received numerous complaints from customers related to Consumers Energy’s efforts to transition from […]

Tribal leaders, environmental advocates decry Enbridge appeal of Line 5 ruling

By: - July 7, 2023

Updated, 9:11 a.m., 7/9/23 Canadian energy giant Enbridge has appealed a federal court ruling in Wisconsin. In a June 16 ruling, a federal judge in Wisconsin ordered Enbridge to shut down its Line 5 pipeline that runs through Michigan within three years and pay more than $5 million in profits to the Bad River Band […]

Coordinated hate campaign is driving anti-LGBTQ+ ‘backlash’ targeting businesses, experts say

By: - July 1, 2023

Amidst bomb threats and boycotts against companies that sell products aimed at attracting the LGBTQ+ community, what is often being depicted as an organic response by consumers is instead, according to experts, a coordinated, violent hate campaign. This year’s version of this ongoing effort began in April when transgender influencer Dylan Mulvaney posted a video […]

Hertel resigns as Whitmer legislative affairs director, fueling speculation of congressional run

By: - June 30, 2023

Curtis Hertel Jr. has officially left the Gov. Gretchen Whitmer administration, furthering speculation that he will announce a run for Congress to replace U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Lansing), who’s launched a U.S. Senate bid. In a press release Friday, Whitmer announced that Hertel had stepped down as her director of legislative affairs, a position the […]

Former union lobbyist Jonathan Byrd charged with sexual assault

By: - June 29, 2023

A prominent former union lobbyist has been charged with sexually assaulting a woman at a Kalamazoo fundraiser last year. On Thursday, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel, a Democrat, announced that her office had charged Jonathan Byrd, 40, of Battle Creek with one count of fourth degree Criminal Sexual Conduct.   Byrd had been president of the […]

Lansing’s air quality is ‘very unhealthy,’ while Detroit’s is ‘hazardous’ on Wednesday

By: - June 28, 2023

An air quality alert remains in effect for the Great Lakes region with smoke from Canadian wildfires causing high levels of fine particulate matter in the air that could be hazardous for many areas in Michigan, including Detroit. The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) said the average air quality is expected […]

Peters releases committee report detailing intelligence failures leading up to Jan. 6 insurrection

By: - June 28, 2023

Significant intelligence failures left law enforcement unprepared to respond effectively to the pro-Trump Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection attempt at the U.S. Capitol. That was the conclusion of a report released Tuesday by U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-Bloomfield Twp.), who, in his role as chair of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, led an […]

Trump returns to Michigan, rallies GOP faithful in railing against electric vehicles 

By: - June 26, 2023

Back in Michigan Sunday for the first time since announcing in November he would seek a White House run again in 2024, former President Donald Trump railed against electric vehicles, saying they would “decimate” the automotive industry. Speaking at the Oakland County Republican Party’s annual Lincoln Day dinner inside Novi’s Suburban Collection Showplace, Trump quickly […]

Kelley set to enter plea in federal Jan. 6 insurrection case

By: - June 23, 2023

A plea agreement hearing is set July 27 for former GOP gubernatorial candidate and far-right activist Ryan Kelley. Kelley, who finished fourth in the five-way GOP primary last year, was arrested in June 2022 and charged with four misdemeanor counts related to his participation in the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection of pro-former President Trump supporters […]

Nessel applauds Wisconsin Line 5 ruling, says Michigan’s fight to close the pipeline will continue

By: - June 21, 2023

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel is hailing a judge’s ruling last week against Line 5 in Wisconsin and says it will further her efforts to shut down the controversial pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac. A federal judge in Wisconsin issued a ruling Friday that Canadian energy company Enbridge must shut down its Line 5 […]

Charges filed in 2019 death of inmate in U.P. prison

By: - June 21, 2023

Eight former and current employees of Alger Correctional Facility in the Upper Peninsula were charged Tuesday with felony counts related to the 2019 in-custody death of former inmate Jonathan Lancaster.  Following an investigation carried out by the Michigan State Police, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel’s office charged four registered nurses who attended to Lancaster in […]